Could the end be near for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira?
Former Pride heavyweight champion and UFC interim champion, "Minatauro" Nogueira, hasn't fought inside the Octagon since a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum back in June.
The setback to Werdum saw "Big Nog's" second loss by submission in his forty-four fight career, his first came to Frank Mir who snapped Noguiera's arm at UFC 140.
The Brazilian legend spoke to MSN recently and said the future of his career depends on the outcome of his next fights, but he doesn't plan on fighting past 40.
"I still have four fights left in my contract. Until the end (of the contract), I don’t think too much about the future."
"It will depend on the results of my fights. I don’t want to keep losing too many fights. I think I have two or three years left. I’m almost 38, and I don’t want to fight after I’m 40."
Nogueira, who turns 38 in June, hasn't got a date or an opponent set for his return. He is still recovering from an injury which he suffered fighting Werdum.
"Big Nog" says he will be ready to fight again in three months and the UFC has already offered him some opponents. Unfortunately for "Minotauro", the person who he wanted to fight most wasn't one of them.
"I don’t have a date (to fight again) yet," he said. "The UFC said five names, and I believe I’ll be fighting again until May. I’ll be ready in three months. Unfortunately, they didn’t offer Frank Mir."
"I would like to fight him (Mir). In our last fight, I was kicking his ass and he came back and got my arm."
Nogueira is right he was beating Mir up until he lost. But the fact still remains Mir snapped "Minotauro's" arm and that was also his second loss to the former UFC champion. Mir first beat Nogueira back at UFC 92, where he TKO'd "Big Nog" to become the first man to finish him.
A trilogy between the two seems unlikely, but you never know. How would you like to see "Big Nog" fight in his UFC return?